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Florida St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Undefeated Record

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Florida St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Alabama Win

Photo - QB Jameis Winston - Florida St.

Team of the Week - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

Defense - LB Joe Schobert - Wisconsin

Matchup for Week 12 – Southern Cal at UCLA

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 17
1. Florida State - 10-0
2. Oregon - 9-1
3. Alabama - 9-1
4. Mississippi State - 9-1
5. Baylor - 8-1
6. TCU - 9-1
7. Ohio State - 9-1
8. Ole Miss - 8-2
9. Georgia - 8-2
10. Michigan State - 8-2
11 Arizona - 8-2
12. UCLA - 8-2
13. Wisconsin - 8-2
14. Kansas State - 7-2
15. Auburn - 7-3
16. Arizona State - 8-2
17. Georgia Tech -9-2
18. Marshall – 10-0
19. Missouri - 8-2
20. Oklahoma - 7-3
21. USC, 7-3, 195
22. Duke, 8-2, 85
23. Utah - 7-3
24. Nebraska - 8-2
25. Colorado St - 9-1

AP Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Florida State (43), 10-0, 1476
2. Alabama (16), 9-1, 1439
3. Oregon (1), 9-1, 1385
4. Mississippi State, 9-1, 1289
5. TCU, 9-1, 1237
6. Baylor, 8-1, 1232
7. Ohio State, 9-1, 1167
8. Ole Miss, 8-2, 1064
9. Georgia, 8-2, 948
10. Michigan State, 8-2, 941
11. UCLA, 8-2, 876
12. Kansas State, 7-2, 868
13. Arizona State, 8-2, 720
14. Wisconsin, 8-2, 707
15. Arizona, 8-2, 695
16. Auburn, 7-3, 531
17. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 523
18. Marshall, 10-0, 383
19. Missouri, 8-2, 376
20. Utah, 7-3, 349
21. Nebraska, 8-2, 291
22. Colorado State, 9-1, 281
23. Oklahoma, 7-3, 206
24. USC, 7-3, 195
25. Duke, 8-2, 85

Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Florida State (39), 10-0, 1518
2. Alabama (17), 9-1, 1494
3. Oregon (6), 9-1, 1434
4. Mississippi State, 9-1, 1296
5. TCU, 9-1, 1279
6. Baylor, 8-1, 1272
7. Ohio State, 9-1, 1228
8. Ole Miss, 8-2, 1041
9. Michigan State, 8-2, 1030
10. Georgia, 8-2, 981
11. Kansas State, 7-2, 880
12. UCLA, 8-2, 862
13. Arizona, 8-2, 726
14. Arizona State, 8-2, 721
15. Wisconsin, 8-2, 715
16. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 511
17. Auburn, 7-3, 508
18. Marshall, 10-0, 427
19. Nebraska, 8-2, 409
20. Missouri, 8-2, 406
21. Utah, 7-3, 286
22. Oklahoma, 7-3, 265
23. Colorado State, 9-1, 259
24. USC, 7-3, 132
25. Duke, 8-2, 130

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

#1 Mississippi St (9-0) at #5 Alabama Heads Premier Games

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#1 Mississippi St (9-0) at #5 Alabama Heads Premier Games

Top-ranked Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) seeks to extend its perfect season against 5th ranked Alabama (8-1, 5-1) in an SEC West showdown at 2:39 p.m. CT Saturday from a sold-out Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Photo - WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

The contest will be televised live by CBS with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce calling the action. Free live streaming video is also available through CBSSports.com. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Tuscaloosa at 8 a.m.

The Bulldogs are aiming for the first 10-win regular season in school history. An MSU victory on Saturday would set up next weekend’s home finale against Vanderbilt with a chance to clinch the division title. With a loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs would have to win their remaining two games and need Auburn to defeat Alabama in order for MSU to clinch the division.

Alabama has won three national titles in the past five seasons. They look to claim a place in the Final four in the inaugural playoff system rankings with a win today. The Tide is a favorite to win a matchup that could determine the SEC West leader and possible national champion.

MSU has embraced the underdog role all season, coming out with victories four times under that scenario. The squad is seeking to become the first team to win at LSU (Baton Rouge) and at Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in the same season since MSU did it in 1957.

“In every article you read, we are big underdogs heading into this game,” said head coach Dan Mullen. We know that role. We are going to be ok with that. Our guys are going to come in with a chip on their shoulder and play with great effort. No matter what everyone else is predicting, we want to play that way every week.”

“We’re back to the team that we were to begin with to begin the season,” added Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott. “No one expected us to win; no one thought that we would win. We were the underdogs in all of those games.”

The Bulldogs are fully rested and well prepared after a 45-16 non-conference win against UT Martin last weekend. Saturday will be the fourth top-10 team MSU has faced this season. The squad has won 12 consecutive games – one shy of tying the school record – and has not tasted defeat in 364 days.

The Tide, ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff poll, survived in overtime at No. 14 LSU last weekend by a score of 20-13. Alabama has won the last six meetings against the team that resides just 84 miles down Highway 82.

Saturday’s matchup features the league’s top total offense and top total defense. MSU is putting up 522.1 yards per game, good for sixth nationally. Alabama is allowing only 275.2 yards per game, including 89.7 yards per game on the ground.

Prescott is the only FBS player to rank in the top 10 in total offense, points responsible for and passing efficiency. Prescott has thrown for 2,231 yards and rushed for 779 yards. He’s tossed 18 touchdowns and rushed for 11.

Running back Josh Robinson stands just 14 yards away from cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the season, while De’Runnya Wilson, a Birmingham, Ala., native, has caught a team-high 22 balls for 367 yards and six touchdowns. Senior wideout Jameon Lewis has worked his way back to full strength and will play Saturday.

Defensively, All-America candidate Benardrick McKinney paces the Bulldogs with 55 tackles. Defensive end Preston Smith is tops on the team in tackles for loss with 11.5, including seven sacks.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Cardinals Hold #1 Ranking With Tough Late Schedule

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NFL Power Rankings Week 10 –
Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Mike Evans - Bucs

Defensive Player - LB Chris Borland - 49ers

Photo – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Connor Barwin - Eagles

Team of Week 10 - Dolphins
Matchup of Week 11 – Eagles at Packers

Rank / Team / Record

1. Arizona Cardinals (8-1)
Cards will have to win with hot backup QB Drew Stanton with Carson Palmer out for the season.

2. Denver Broncos (7-2)
Broncos’ Peyton Manning was the latest to smoke the Raiders last week.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (7-2)
Eagles face huge showdown with Packers in Titletown this week.

4. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Seahawks are starting to build mo for the second half of schedule.

5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Colts are well rested for their clash with the Patriots at home.

6. Detroit Lions (7-2)
Lions keep winning in key situations and travel to face hot Cardinals in the Desert.

7. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots travel to Indy after bye week for two weeks to get ready for Luck.

8. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Packers’ are peaking with critical home games on second half schedule ahead.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1)
The Bengals came up short in another big game vs the surging Browns in critical AFC North contest.

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
Cowboys get their bye week to prepare for second half playoff run.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
The Chiefs get defending champion Seahawks at home this Sunday.

12. Cleveland Browns (6-3)
The Browns are a gritty group coming off a huge win over the Bengals.

13. San Diego Chargers (5-4)
Chargers hope to end their three game losing streak off their bye week.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
Steelers’ were brought back to reality with crushing loss to the Jets last week.

15. Miami Dolphins (5-4)
The Dolphins will have to recover from Lions loss to make a run at the playoffs.

16. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The Ravens’ get the week off to prepare for tough second half schedule.

17. New Orleans Saints (4-5)
Saints face the meat of their schedule in an up and down season.

18. San Francisco 49ers (5-4)
The 49ers won a huge game at New Orleans with key NFC games on the agenda.

19. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
The Bills’ are competitive, but probably a year away from playoff run.

20. New York Giants (3-6)
The GMen keep coming up short in big situations with playoff hopes quickly fading.

21. Carolina Panthers (3-6-1)
The Panthers are struggling on offense but alive in the weak NFC South.

22. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
The Rams’ are a savvy group that is playing with subpar offense.

23. Houston Texans (4-5)
Texans face a total AFC schedule the rest of the way with key game with Browns this week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (4-5)
Vikings face the Bears and Packers the next two weeks that will determine their slim playoff hopes.

25. Chicago Bears (3-6)
The Bears are caving in weekly and one of the worst teams in the league currently.

26. Washington Redskins (3-6)
Washington comes off their bye week and RG3 can get hot for the stretch run.

27. Atlanta Falcons (3-6)
Falcons won a meaningless game vs Tampa with trip to Carolina this week.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-7)
The Titans are actually getting worst this season.

29. New York Jets (2-8)
The Jets get a bye week to celebrate their surprising win over Steelers.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-8)
Bucs are simply terrible with road games at Washington and Chicago up next.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
The Jaguars’ get their bye week after losing in London to the Cowboys.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-9)
The Raiders face a heavy AFC West schedule with perfect winless season at stake.

Mississippi St. Holds #1 Playoff Ranking with Alabama Game Next Up

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Mississippi St. Holds #1 Playoff Ranking with Alabama Game Next Up

Photo - WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

Team of the Week - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense - QB T.J. Barrett - Ohio St.

Defense - DE Cedric Reed - Texas

Matchup for Week 11 - Mississippi St at Alabama

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 12

1. Mississippi State - 9-0
2. Florida State - 9-0
3. Oregon - 9-1
4. Alabama - 8-1
5. TCU - 8-1
6. Arizona State - 8-1
7. Baylor - 8-1
8. Ohio State - 8-1
9. Auburn - 7-2
10. Ole Miss - 8-2
11 Arizona - 7-2
12. UCLA - 8-2
13. Michigan State - 7-2
14. Georgia - 7-2
15. Kansas State - 7-2
16. Nebraska - 8-1
17. Duke - 8-1
18. Notre Dame - 7-2
19. LSU - 7-3
20. Clemson - 7-2
21. Georgia Tech -8-2
22. Wisconsin - 7-2
23. Utah - 6-3
24. Oklahoma - 6-3
25. Minnesota - 7-2

College Playoff Rankings - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1 Mississippi State 9-0
2 Oregon 9-1
3 Florida State 9-0
4 TCU 8-1
5 Alabama 8-1
6 Arizona State 8-1
7 Baylor 8-1
8 Ohio State 8-1
9 Auburn 7-2
10 Mississippi 8-2
11 UCLA 8-2
12 Michigan State 7-2
13 Kansas State 7-2
14 Arizona 7-2
15 Georgia 7-2
16 Nebraska 8-1
17 LSU 7-3
18 Notre Dame 7-2
19 Clemson 7-2
20 Wisconsin 7-2
21 Duke 8-1
22 Georgia Tech 8-2
23 Utah 6-3
24 Texas A&M 7-3
25 Minnesota 7-2

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

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NFL Power Rankings Week 10 –
Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – RB Jeremy Hill - Bengals

Defensive Player - LB Chris Borland - 49ers

Photo – QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Defensive Player – LB James Laurinaitis - Rams

Team of Week 9 - Dolphins
Matchup of Week 10 – Dolphins at Lions

Rank / Team / Record

1. Arizona Cardinals (7-1)
Cards took care of the Cowboys and Eagles in last two and earn top billing.

2. Denver Broncos (6-2)
Broncos’ lost to the Patriots again with Brady and Belichick working their magic.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (6-2)
Eagles host the Panthers this week.

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-3)
Seahawks host the staggering Giants this week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Colts recovered from their bashing by Steelers to pound the GMen.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1)
The Bengals face the resurging Browns in critical AFC North contest on Thursday night.

7. Detroit Lions (6-2)
Lions host the Dolphins in a matchup that may determine both team’s hopes.

8. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots are building momentum for the second half after big win over Broncos.

9. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Packers’ are well rested for battle with Chicago in Titletown.

10. San Diego Chargers (5-4)
Chargers get their bye week after losing three in a row to AFC rivals.

11. Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
Cowboys travel London vs Jaguars with QB Tony Romo probably watching from the sidelines.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
Steelers’ are smoking hot and get the crashing Jets this week.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
The Chiefs travel to Buffalo for trap game with AFC playoff ramifications.

14. Miami Dolphins (5-3)
The Dolphins are hot for their road matchup with the Lions.

15. Baltimore Ravens (5-4)
The Ravens’ lost a tough one in Pittsburgh.

16. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
Saints face another must win situation with 49ers coming to the dome.

17. Cleveland Browns (5-3)
The Browns are winning ugly which is a major improvement for this playoff starved franchise.

18. San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
The 49ers travel to New Orleans for critical contest vs Saints on Sunday.

19. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
The Bills’ had two weeks to get ready for key AFC matchup with Chiefs at home.

20. New York Giants (3-5)
The GMen are crushed by the Colts for their second Monday nite disaster.

21. Carolina Panthers (3-5-1)
The Panthers were waxed by the Saints at home and travel to Philly for Monday night clash.

22. Chicago Bears (3-5)
The Bears face their archrival Packers this week that will determine any playoff run over second half schedule.

23. St. Louis Rams (3-5)
The Rams defense may be the best in the league after win over the 49ers.

24. Houston Texans (4-5)
Texans came up short vs Eagles despite a tough defense and gritty nature.

25. Minnesota Vikings (4-5)
Vikings get a bye week to celebrate with win over the Skins before tough second half schedule.

26. Washington Redskins (3-6)
RG3 lost to the Vikings at home last Sunday and enter their bye week.

27. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
Falcons travel to Tampa for divisional boring matchup.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-6)
The Titans had two weeks to get ready for the game in Baltimore.

29. New York Jets (1-8)
The Jets face the red hot Steelers at home.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-7)
Bucs host the crashing Falcons on Sunday.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
The Jaguars’ move this act to London to face the Cowboys this week.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-8)
The Raiders host the Broncos this week.

Unbeaten Mississippi St. & Florida St. Hold #1 and #2 Rankings

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Mississippi St. Holds #1 Ranking in the College Football Playoff Rankings

Photo – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Team of the Week – Auburn

Players of the Week
Offense – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Defense – DE Zach Patt – Rice

Matchup for Week 10 – Alabama at LSU

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams – Nov. 5

1. Mississippi State - 8-0
2. Florida State - 8-0
3. Oregon - 8-1
4. Auburn - 7-1
5. Alabama - 7-1
6. Notre Dame - 7-1
7. Michigan State - 7-1
8. TCU - 7-1
9. Kansas State - 7-1
10. Arizona State - 7-1
11. Baylor - 7-1
12. Ohio State - 7-1
13. Ole Miss - 7-2
14. LSU - 7-2
15 Arizona - 6-2
16. Nebraska - 8-1
17. Georgia - 6-2
18. Utah - 6-2
19. Oklahoma - 6-2
20. UCLA - 7-2
21. Duke - 7-1
22. West Virginia - 6-3
23. Clemson - 6-2
24. Georgia Tech - 7-2
25. Wisconsin - 6-2

Inaugural College Playoff Rankings - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

. Mississippi State - 8-0
2. Florida State - 8-0
3. Auburn - 7-1
4. Oregon - 8-1
5. Alabama - 7-1
6. TCU - 7-1
7. Kansas State - 7-1
8. Michigan State - 7-1
9. Arizona State - 7-1
10. Notre Dame - 7-1
11. Ole Miss - 7-2
12. Baylor - 7-1
13. Nebraska - 8-1
14. Ohio State - 7-1
15. Oklahoma - 6-2
16. LSU - 7-2
17. Utah - 6-2
18. UCLA - 7-2
19. Arizona - 6-2
20. Georgia - 6-2
21. Clemson - 6-2
22. Duke - 7-1
23. West Virginia - 6-3
24. Georgia Tech - 7-2
25. Wisconsin - 6-2

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Mississippi St Tops Inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings

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College News - Mississippi St Tops Inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings

Photo – QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.

Mississippi State, boasting a 7-0 overall record and three wins over top-10 ranked teams, was tabbed No. 1 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Tuesday night on ESPN.

The top-ranked Bulldogs were one of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top four. Florida State is No. 2 followed by No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss. Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top 10.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be announced every Tuesday for the next six weeks. It leads to the unveiling of the semifinal pairings and bowl assignments on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:45 a.m. CT live on ESPN. The rankings and pairings are formed by the 12-member College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

The Bulldogs also own the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls. MSU is off to a 4-0 start in SEC play for the first time since 1999. Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott, running back Josh Robinson and Butkus Award semifinalist Benardrick McKinney, the Bulldogs are outscoring opponents 296-151 and have not trailed in over 177 minutes of football.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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